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Siddaiah seeks help in improving city's infrastructure

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Avinash D. Shirode (right), president of the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers–India, and Mahendra Raj, chairman and managing director of Mahendra Raj Consultancy, New Delhi, at the national convention of ACCE (I) in Bangalore on Friday.

Bangalore: The two-day national convention of the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE –India) commenced here on Friday. The theme of the convention is “Civil engineering in India — a proud journey in the past quarter century.”

M.U. Ashwath, secretary-general, ACCE (I), said the convention was part of the association's efforts to disseminate profession knowledge and throw light on the latest developments in the field of structural engineering and construction technology. The focus will be on high strength and high performance concretes and design of structures to resist seismic force, he said.

Siddaiah, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner, who inaugurated the event, sought suggestions and assistance of the association in improving the city's infrastructure.

President of ACCE (I) Avinash D. Shirode said the association was trying to expand its presence in different parts of the country and was planning to set up 50 centres. It would also open a centre in Dubai, he said.

C.S. Vishwanatha made a presentation on “Remedial engineering over the past quarter century”, while S.A. Reddy of Mumbai spoke on “The construction industry in India”.

The other presentations included that of Mahendra Raj on “Civil engineering consultancy in India”, K.S. Subba Rao's on “Geotechnical engineering in India”, A.K. Chatterjee's on “Cement and concrete technology in India” and A.C. Kamaraj's on “Combating the challenges in networking of rivers and management of waterway projects in India”.

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